One Drop Rule: A Guide to Black Celebs

Because looks don't always tell the whole story.

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Wentworth Miller - An increase in diversity and mixed race couples will hopefully mean greater equality and stronger gene pools in the future. But sometimes mixed race stars are not as easy to spot as a Halle Berry or President Barack Obama. Check out our list of stars who have Black ancestry in their DNA.The Prison Break star can credit his dreamy looks to bloodlines more diverse than the United Nations. His father is of Black, Jamaican, English, German, Jewish and Cherokee descent, and his mother is Russian, French, Dutch, Syrian and Lebanese. Thankfully, Miller simplified it by saying, "my father is Black and my mother is white."(Photo: Aflo / Splash News)

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Pete Wentz - The Fall Out Boy frontman has a Jamaican grandfather, and an important one at that. He was the US Ambassador to Sierra Leone and also a cousin of General Colin Powell.    (Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

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Cash Warren - Jessica Alba's hubby is the son of actor and former college basketball player Michael Warren, who is African-American. The elder Warren was best known for his starring role on Hill Street Blues.  (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Pencils of Promise)

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Troian Bellisario - While her name gives away her Italian ancestry, the Pretty Little Liars star is actually also Black, French, English and Serbian.  (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Black Like Me - Fredi Washington, born Fredricka, was one of the first Black actresses to garner mainstream attention for her work on stage and screen. She's best known for her portrayal of Peola, a troubled young woman who passes for white, in 1934's Imitation of Life. Washington is also credited as a founder of the Negro Actors Guild. She died in 1994. (Photo: Universal Studios)                                       

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In Living Color - Folks were shocked when Broadway actress Carol Channing claimed that her biological father was half Black in her 2002 autobiography Just Lucky I Guess. Channing said she was 16 when her mother told her that her father, George Channing, was the son of a German-American father and a Black mother. Carol maintains that she's "proud" of her mixed heritage. (Photo: Fredrick M Brown/Getty)

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Rock On - The Rock was born Dwayne Johnson to a Black father and a Samoan mother. His dad, Rocky "Soulman" Johnson, was a well known wrestler. (Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty)

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In the Game - New York Yankees star player Derek Jeter has an African-American father and an Irish/German mother. (Photo: Mike Stobe/ Getty)

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Hot Flash - Flashdance actress Jennifer Beals has an African-American father and an Irish mother. When she went on to play a lead role in Showtime's The L Word, Beals told Curve magazine that although she's not a lesbian in real life, she found it easy to portray one on TV because of her biracial background, saying she's "always lived sort-of on the outside. The idea of being the other in society is not foreign to me." (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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In Style - Fashion designer and television personality Santino Rice has quite the mixed heritage. His parents were both multiracial, giving him African-American, Italian, Native American and Jewish ancestry. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Telling Our Stories - Journalist Maria de la Soledad Teresa O'Brien covered CNN's Presents: Black in America in 2008. Her mom is of Afro-Cuban descent and her father is an Australian of Irish descent.   (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

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Telling Our Stories - Journalist Maria de la Soledad Teresa O'Brien covered CNN's Presents: Black in America in 2008. Her mom is of Afro-Cuban descent and her father is an Australian of Irish descent. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

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Slam Dunk - Basketball star Blake Griffin, winner of the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, is half Caucasian and half African-American with Haitian heritage. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Sister Act - Actress Rashida Jones, known for role in The Office, has West and Central African and Welsh roots from her famous father, music producer Quincy Jones, and Jewish with Irish and Russian roots from her mother. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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Black Slash White - Saul "Slash" Hudson, the skilled guitarist from the band Guns N' Roses, was born in London to an African-American mother and an English father. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Oakley)

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Pitch Black - Actor Vin Diesel, born Mark Sinclair Vincent, is half black and half Italian. Even though he never met his biological father, he was raised by his African-American stepfather. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/PictureGroup)

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Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian  - Kardahian, who’s been linked to Ray J, Reggie Bush and Kanye West, is now engaged to be married after just six months of dating New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries. Tune into the new season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians to witness the proposal and that 20.5-carat Lorraine Schwartz sparkler you’ve been hearing about.(Photo: Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

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On the Court - NBA player Kris Humphries (also known as Kim Kardashian's ex-husband) has a white parent and a Black parent. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

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Model Behavior - Gossip Girl actress and model Jessica Szohr says she gets all sorts of guesses about her heritage. She is Hungarian, African-American and Caucasian. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

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Half and Half - Actress Jenny Lumet is Black and white. Her dad was the award-winning director Sidney Lumet and her mother was journalist Gail Lumet Buckley. Also, her grandmother was legendary performer Lena Horne. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Funny Girl - Actress Maya Rudolph, known for her work on Saturday Night Live and Bridesmaids, has musical and multiracial roots. Her mom, soul singer Minnie Riperton, was African-American and her father, composer Richard Rudolph, is Ashkenazi Jewish. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for LOGO)